The Jury Nullification Bill (HB 146)

I know that a lot of the readers of this blog prefer out of the system activism, but there are certain bills that even some of the most diehard voluntaryists can get behind. I believe HB 146 is such a bill. The jury nullification bill has already passed the NH House, but it is having some trouble in the Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 2-2 on the bill as Inexpedient to Legislate, but that doesn’t mean the bill is dead. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill later this week.

If this bill passes and is signed into law it would mean all the activism being done outside of court houses meant to inform potential jury members of their right to nullify a law would be done inside every court room where a jury is present. “In all court proceedings the court shall instruct the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relationship to the facts in controversy.”

If you live in NH, please consider contacting the Senator that is supposed to represent you, or if you have the time, all 24 of them. A list of their contact information can be found here. The NH Liberty Alliance has pointed out that this is part of the official NH GOP platform, so if the Senator you are contacting was elected as a republican it might be helpful to remind them of this.

  • http://whynewhampshire.org Keith

    So what happens if this bill passes? It means the judges will inform the juries of their rights. So in other words, Ian's dream comes true as juries are informed at every court in NH. This may literally save what would be 1000s of volunteer hours.